A HUGE crowd attended the funeral of 40-year-old father-of-four Martin Mimnagh on Thursday after he was tragically killed in a road accident while out cycling three days earlier.
A Garda investigation into the fatal accident is ongoing and a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions in due course.
The parish church in Kilrush was packed to capacity with many more standing outside as members of the Mimnagh and O’Neill family passed by a guard of honour formed by Martin’s triathlon colleagues and friends.
Mr. Mimnagh’s passing shocked the community of Ferns and all in sporting circles as he had been involved both in Ferns GAA Club and also as a triathlon racer with the Bunclody club Racing 795.
Speaking at the mass, Fr. Joseph Power commented that it was always difficult to come to terms with the death of a young person, offering his sympathies to Mr. Mimnagh’s wife Siobhan and their four children.
“Martin and Siobhan were a wonderful couple. He was a good man and memories of a good person are something that we should all treasure and hold with great, great satisfaction.”
He added that for Mr. Mimnagh’s family and friends, his memory would live on: “Whether it’s next week, next month, next year or longer, you will never forget him. Be true to his memory.”
Mr. Mimnagh is survived by: his wife Siobhan, children Edana, Niall, Maebh and Conor; his mother Rita and siblings Cora, Paul and George; and all of his extended family and friends.
[Full story in this week’s Echo]